Can a completely torn MPFL heal itself?
Left untreated, an injured MPFL can heal on its own. However, when left alone, the ligament heals in a loosened, lengthened position. This causes instability that makes it easier for the patella to become dislocated again in the future. This, in turn can cause damage to the cartilage in the knee.
How long does a torn MPFL take to heal without surgery?
For a first time dislocation, without loose bodies, non-surgical treatment with rehabilitation is recommended. Bracing the joint will allow the swelling to decrease and may help to stabilize the patella. Physical therapy is prescribed, and a full recovery can be expected within an 8-12 week period.
Is MPFL tight in flexion or extension?
A normal MPFL is tighter in extension than in flexion. If the graft tightens when the knee is flexed, stiffness, pain and patellar overload will occur.
How serious is an MPFL tear?
It is a chronic state where the medial patellofemoral ligament does not function properly because of the injury, such as a knee dislocation, or sustained trauma. MPFL insufficiency or incompetent MPFL can lead to repeated patellar dislocations, pain, stiffness and limited range of motion.
Where does a MCL tear hurt?
Most people who tear their MCL feel pain and a “pop” in their knee when the injury happens. Their knee usually swells soon after the injury, most of the time around the inside part of the knee.